Peer and Self Assessment: Promoting Learner Involvement and Personal Responsibility

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This research paper focuses primarily on the area ‘Peer and self assessment; how this can promote learner involvement and personal responsibility’, and aims to:-

  • Define and discuss the peer and self assessment
  • Identify different methods of peer and self assessment, including their strengths and limitations
  • Discuss the methods of peer/self assessment currently used in the author’s subject area
  • Evaluate potential for further inclusion of peer and self assessment not currently utilised in the author’s subject area.

Investigation is made into each of the above areas in order to provide an overview of the topic itself, and discuss ways in which this may be implemented in the education sector so that the benefits may be achieved without negative impact on either teaching or learning. Evaluation of the results of the research attempts to indicate methods that can be implemented to achieve a positive result, and identify actual tools that can be used by teachers and tutors in the learning environment.

Target Audience

This research paper is primarily targeted at teachers and tutors in the Adult and Community sector of Adult Education, although it holds definite points of interest to Further and Higher Education lecturers, assessors and curriculum managers in all areas.

Extract: Peer and Self Assessment

Group work and rapport can be difficult to encourage and maintain, particularly where learners are lacking in motivation and enthusiasm for their work. This can occur more often in environments where attendance is compulsory, or where the learner has different expectations of a course or their performance within it. Learners may also lack co-operation within a class structure, and need some form of support to become a cohesive group of peers that will support each other in their learning.

Lack of familiarity and comfort with their peers will discourage open discussion as learners may fear giving or receiving offense during these activities. In order to address these issues, some methods can be used to encourage the learner to ...


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Price, J. [Teesside Silversmith] (2009) Peer and Self Assessment [Online] Available: Accessed:

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